How To Ensure Your Makeup Is Camera Ready

If you've got an important event coming up where you know there will be lots of opportunities for camera time, you may be wondering how to best do your makeup to look and feel fabulous while the camera lights are flashing. There is a common misconception that if you are camera ready, then you must be wearing heavy makeup. That's actually not the goal at all. Appearing like you have an enhanced natural look is important for your photo sessions.


Whether you are preparing for a wedding, a girls' night out, or a birthday bash, you want to appear moisturized but not shiny, defined but not drowning in coverage. In order to appear flawless looking, a balance between vibrant and natural is essential. The next time you get all dolled up and go out to a function where cameras are everywhere ready to capture sweet memories, take a balanced approach to rock your makeup look.

Give yourself a good base

Much like anything you are trying to build, the foundation is the most important part. To build a strong foundation for a very photo-ready face of makeup, you'll want to be generous with your moisturizer for a fresh-looking and hydrated face. If your skin is dry, your makeup will be easy to spot, and you want your makeup to accentuate your face, not show imperfections brought on by dry skin. Plus, moisturizer can extend the life of your makeup if used right before application.


After moisturizing your face, it's important to choose the right foundation. It can be confusing whether to get a dewy or matte foundation, but a matte formula is best to help your skin appear healthy without making your face look shiny in pictures. Foundations with a matte or semi-matte finish will give you that flawless base that you can build along with your other makeup.

Make your eyes pop

While you'll want to stay away from extremely bright colors on your cheeks and eyes, you still want to make a dramatic statement with your eye makeup. Ipsy recommends steering clear of lining under your eyes because it can make them look smaller than they actually are. Focus your eye shadow on your lid up to the crease. Finally, top it off with mascara added to both the top and bottom lashes.


Just like with foundation, make sure your eye makeup has a matte finish, and avoid glittery shadows. Instead, make your eyes stand out by lining them with soft colors like brown or gray. This will really make your eye shadow look perfect and the color of your eyes pop.

Don't forget to shape your brows to make them look symmetrical and full. Whether you pencil them in or brush them out to smoothen their appearance, your brows should accentuate the shape of your face.

Rock a bold lip

Nothing says photo ready like a bold lip, and to get one that will make a statement, a layered approach is your best strategy. Combining a liner and a creamy base will make your lips the highlight of any picture.


To start, make sure to trace the outline of your lips using a liner. Next, find a shade of lipstick that accentuates your skin tone. To stay consistent with your foundation and eyeshadow, a matte lip will hold up well all day long, but there is nothing wrong with a lip that stands out. A pink or red shade can help you accentuate all skin tones, but it will still appear soft enough to not overwhelm you. Start from the middle of your lip and work outwards for full lip coverage.

Don't be afraid to add a little highlighter around your lips to create some definition. Finish it all off with a setting spray so that your makeup will appear flawless for the duration of the event.